Willie Smith

Alabama Set to Execute First Inmate Since Start of COVID-19 Pandemic

The state announced its plans to carry out the first execution of an inmate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Willie B. Smith Willie B. Smith is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Thursday for the fatally shooting Sharma Ruth Johnson with a shotgun. Johnson was abducted, robbed and killed in Birmingham in 1991. He was sentenced to death in 1992….